RUTH MOODY – THE GARDEN (RED HOUSE)
This first full-length solo album from one of the two original members of Winnipeg’s Wailin’ Jennys folk trio is as lovely as you might imagine.
The seemingly natural gift for melody Moody has demonstrated with the Jennys over the years has not deserted her here, but what is surprising is how she has expanded her range both as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist
Within You Without You has the languorous quality of a standard that the late American chanteuse Eva Cassidy might have recorded. And Tell Me, marked by a loping bass line and quiet electric-guitar licks, calls to mind Nora Jones at her most seductive. There are several country-inflected ballads that Moody specializes in, most notably the opening title track and the beautiful closer with its punning title, Closer Now.
If would have been nice if she could have included a couple of livelier numbers, if only for variation, but this is minor complaint. Overall, The Garden offers a bountiful harvest indeed. ★★★★½
– Morley Walker
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 17, 2010 C4